Events in libraries

A variety of events are held regularly in the borough's libraries.

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Back to Basics 2017

Missed out on some computer basics or need a refresher?

Join us at the Information and Reference Library for these hands-on sessions where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you with the essentials.

Sessions are free but booking is essential.

Date Time Topic Booking
Back to Basics timetable
Monday 13 November 10.30 to 11.30am Word Book online
Tuesday 14 November 2.30 to 3.30pm PowerPoint Book online
Wednesday 15 November 10.30 to 11.30am Publisher Book online
Thursday 16 November 2.30 to 3.30pm Excel Book online
Friday 17 November 10.30 to 11.30am Files and folders Book online
Saturday 18 November 10.30 to 11.30am Apps for beginners Book online


Explore Your Archive

Join us for a week of exploration in our Local Studies Archive. We will be highlighting some of the fantastic items we have and how they got here. We are also on hand to get you started with your own local history projects, like researching the history of your house.

Tickets cost £3 if booked online in advance or £4 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

Explore Your Archive timetable
Date Time Topic Booking
Saturday 18 November 2.15 to 3.15pm More Of My Favourite Things Book online
Tuesday 21 November 2.30 to 3.30pm Researching Your House Book online
Wednesday 22 November 2.30 to 3.30pm The Journey Of A Document Book online
Thursday 23 November 2.30 to 3.30pm More Of My Favourite Things Book online
Friday 24 November 2.30 to 3.30pm Discovering Nipper, Doggie and Lion Book online
Saturday 25 November 2.15 to 3.15pm The Journey Of A Document Book online

Play reading group

Our play reading group read a different play each time. The group are next due to meet in August 2017.

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions on 020 8734 3340 or email

Women’s writing group

Meet like-minded people, develop your ideas and pick up some tips. The group are next due to meet in July 2017.

  • Date: Third Saturday of every other month
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Location: Richmond Library

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to the sessions on 020 8734 3330 or email

Short Story and Poetry Reading group

Enjoy lively and thought-provoking discussion at our weekly reading group with a difference.

We read a complete short story and poem each week and discuss them in detail.

We often discuss the lives of the authors and poets and relate them to their life and times. In the past year we have read and discussed the work of British, American, Russian, Australian, Irish, Chilean, Indian and Canadian writers.

There is no requirement to read aloud or participate more than you want to, and there's no need to read anything beforehand.

The group is currently full and not accepting new members.

For more information please call in at Twickenham Library or phone 020 8734 3340.

Knot Just Knitting

Join us at one of our knitting, crocheting and embroidery groups. Each group meets once a month between 10am and 12 noon. Just turn up with yarn and needles to join in!

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Make Do and Mend

Our crafty ‘Make Do and Mend’ classes take place from 10am to 12 noon every:

Charges may apply - contact your local group facilitator for further details.

Craft Fairs

Craft markets regularly take place at Twickenham Library, East Sheen Library and Ham Library.

The fairs host stalls, run by local people, selling unique hand-crafted goods including jewellery, stationery, beauty products, painting and homewares.

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Teddington Gardening Group

The gardening group does not have a dedicated time to meet, but are regularly at Teddington Library working on the garden.

If you are interested in helping with the garden and/or joining the group, please call 020 8734 3304 or email

Children's events

For information about library events for children and teens visit Young People's Library Services.

Library Friends Group events

Ham is where the heart is

'Ham is where the heart is' is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded oral history project (also supported by Ham Amenities Group and Petersham United Charities) which needs your help to capture unique and fascinating stories.

We need people to be trained to conduct interviews, suggestions for interviewees; volunteers to undertake background research, donations or loans of photographs and memorabilia for copying; help with establishing a website and setting up a learning resource; and much, much more.

For more information contact Jill Lamb by email, phone 07855 065 945 or leave a message c/o Ham Library.

In association with Ham United Group.

Skills and support

Drop in sessions and groups to develop skills and meet new people.


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Updated: 6 November 2017